Oklahoma Highway Trooper faulted for ambulance incident and fight
Update: June 16th 2009
Maurice White Jr., the ambulance driver who confronted an Oklahoma Highway Trooper for stopping his ambulance on the way to the hospital had this to say on the The Early Show this morning.
White appeared with his attorney, Richard O’Carroll, on The Early Show Tuesday from Gore, Okla., to discuss the roadside incident.
White told Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez he got involved because the driver had an "emergency."
"But once confronted with the situation," White said, "there was no way with the patient and the unit, could I allow my driver to spend 20 minutes with the trooper discussing a possible ticket."
White told Rodriguez Martin was in "a state of rage from the beginning."
"And even after being informed that we had a patient," White said, "there was total disregard. So he started in a state of rage and simply escalated from that point."
The attorney for one of the troopers said that his client did not know or it didn't register that there was a patient in the back of the ambulance until the situation had already intensified.
Both parties are waiting on the ruling before seeing if they should take further action.
Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers stopped an abulance traveling on a higway near Boley in Okfuskee County, and as the ambulance was on an emergency call, it did not yield to the troopers, who then became angry and had a fight with the EMT of the ambulance.
The troopers claim that the paramedic actually assaulted one of them before the camera caught the incident. In the video you can see the troopers pushing the paramedic and grabbing his neck.
The video was shot by the patient's son. He says he continually asked the troopers to stop, so his mom could be taken to the hospital.
"We're like telling this dude. Man, my mom is in the back. My step-dad was like man my wife is in the back, can we do this at the hospital?" said Kenyada Davis.
The patient was finally taken to hospital and treated, but the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will not comment on the video at this time; it is being reviewed by Okfuskee County prosecutors.